Monday, August 9, 2010

Small Paintings and Small Miracles

This week I have been working on two paintings.  I bet you can't guess what my subject is for the first painting.  I'm trying to branch out and paint non-flower subject matter.  I'm also intrigued by how some artists paint on a much smaller scale.  I discovered ACEO or "Art Cards, Editions, and Originals" on Etsy.  They are pocket sized collectible art and are extremely affordable.  They are sized 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches.  I took on the challenge of painting on a smaller scale, hence my painting on the left is an ACEO sized painting.  If I'm successful I might just paint an entire barnyard in miniature.
The image on the right is the beginning wash of an 8 inch by 10 inch painting.  I have these pansies in a hanging basket under my deck that refuse to give in to the heat.  Everything else in the basket has died, except for these vibrant pansies.  I occasionally remember to water them, but I'm still amazed at their longevity.  I felt they deserved a place in my watercolor collection of flowers for that reason alone.


  1. Hi Gretchen, It's difficult to deviate from flowers isn't it? I notice that most artist have stength is different subject areas. I guess when I get bored of flowers i just go more abstract. I was painting dogs for a while too. Both paintings look great,trading cards are too fun!

  2. are so right. It is difficult moving on from flowers to something else. I'm just drawn to the colors and shapes of them, I guess. I've been wanting to paint my dog as well.



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